John Deere at SALTEX 2017

John Deere at SALTEX 2017. Stand no. E080

Three new machines from John Deere are making their UK & Ireland show debut at Saltex 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham in November – a top of the range diesel lawn tractor, an updated wide area rotary mower and a newly styled Gator utility vehicle.

The flagship X949 lawn tractor is one of three new models suitable for a wide range of private and commercial customers who require a powerful workhorse with the ability to carry out a variety of tasks all year round. The X949 features 4WD and four-wheel steer for the ultimate in traction and manoeuvrability, ideal for cutting grass in restricted spaces and around landscape features or obstacles.

John Deere at SALTEX 2017

The new X940 Series also includes the X940 and X948 models, and is available with both 2 and 4WD options in addition to four-wheel steer. All three machines are based on a heavy-duty frame design and are powered by a liquid cooled 24hp diesel engine. The modern digital dashboard has the look and feel of a car, and additional operator friendly benefits include an adjustable steering wheel and seat, cruise control and John Deere’s popular, easy to use Twin Touch pedal transmission.

Three rotary mower decks are available, including a 122cm (48in) AccelDeep unit and a 137 or 152cm (54 or 60in) high capacity deck with optional AutoConnect for instant drive-over connection. A further option is the innovative MulchControl system, which allows changing from side discharge to mulching or vice versa by the simple flip of a lever.

For extra year-round versatility, a wide range of front and rear mounted attachments and implements can be used, including material collection systems, utility carts, a front hitch, rotary brush and blade.

The XUV 865M Gator utility vehicle features the company’s quietest ever cab, more room for both driver and passengers and an extremely efficient heating system, including a windscreen defrost feature.

Boasting an 854cc, 23hp diesel engine, CVT transmission and power steering plus a top speed of 50kph, the XUV 865M offers a tight turning circle and optimal weight distribution for superior off-road performance. It can also be fitted with a wide range of over 90 attachments from snow blades to winches, and has a large 42-litre fuel tank.

The adjustable driver’s seat can accommodate three people for off-road use, while the versatile and durable cargo box has a load capacity of 454kg. Towing capacity has been increased by a third to 907kg and total payload capacity is 680kg.

Offering the ultimate in power, manoeuvrability and traction for large-scale commercial mowing operations, John Deere’s new Series III version of the 1600 Turbo WAM out-front rotary mower has a Stage 5 engine to meet the latest emission standards, plus an improved cooling system.

It features an overall cutting width of 3.25m (128in), a fully adjustable high-backed air suspension seat and run-flat castor wheel tyres to reduce downtime and increase productivity. Additional improvements include an increase in transport speed to 15mph and enhanced Service ADVISOR diagnostics for easy maintenance.

Featuring a proven mechanical 4WD system and an 83-litre (18gal) fuel tank, the mower is powered by a 60hp turbocharged Yanmar diesel engine with electronic engine control and a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system for lower emissions.

The three robust rear-discharge mower decks are fabricated from 7-gauge steel, the thickest in the industry. Each wing has a breakaway feature that allows the mower deck to move back and away from any obstacle, then automatically reset to the normal working position.

Other operator friendly specifications include electronic cruise control, hydrostatic power steering and a tiltable steering wheel. In addition, the ROPS frame can be folded down easily without tools, for safe operation under tree canopies or in other confined spaces.

Find out more about John Deere’s full range of commercial mowers, lawn tractors and Gator utility vehicles at

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